Integrating Mental Health and Substance Use Services
In New York State, 50% of people who suffer from a mental health disorder are simultaneously struggling with some form of substance use. NYSHealth committed $10 million over five years, through the end of 2012, to improve the integration of care for people who cope with mental health and substance use conditions at the same time, with a focus on reducing clinical, regulatory, and financial barriers.
Through the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Integrated Care (CEIC), NYSHealth supported efforts at clinical delivery sites throughout all phases of the recovery process, including identifying, diagnosing, and treating both conditions simultaneously. At the end of 2012, after a five-year investment, NYSHealth had successfully achieved its goals in this area. CEIC met its target of working with 600 of the 1,000 licensed mental health and substance use programs across the State to help them make the necessary changes to address people’s mental health and substance use problems at the same time. Early evaluation results of the initiative show that these sites are now offering integrated care for people with co-occurring mental health and substance use disorders.
In 2013, the Foundation will continue to capture and share the lessons learned from this work and the stories of patients and providers affected by the program. NYSHealth’s efforts to integrate substance use and mental health services also will inform its emerging focus on advancing primary care.
Learn more about the initiative from NYSHealth Vice President, Program, Jacqueline Martinez Garcel in the video below.
Measuring Our Impact
The indicators below help us to track the Foundation’s and our grantees’ progress to improve the integration of services for people who cope with both mental health and substance use disorders at the same time.
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